Problem: Your Blood Pressure is Creeping Up
What foods should you avoid to prevent high blood pressure? If you’re thinking of fried and salty foods, you’re only half right. It turns out that sugar intake may be just as important as salt consumption for maintaining healthy blood pressure. Insulin and glucose levels affect the blood vessels’ ability to open. Refined sugar is believed to be a major contributor to high blood pressure. One study linked sugary drinks and high blood pressure. Another found that reducing sugar intake had even more of an impact on blood pressure than reducing salt. The simple sugar fructose plays a role in blocking the production of a molecule necessary to widen blood vessels and lower blood pressure.